At this largest of its three annual national conferences, state legislators from…

At this largest of its three annual national conferences, state legislators from across the country will meet with corporate and special interest lobbyists behind closed doors to vote on “model” legislation to change state laws. (-g) ALEC Agenda in Dallas: Evisceration of Medicaid, School Privatization and Expansion of Gas Exports www.prwatch.org ALEC holds its 41st annual meeting in Dallas, Texas starting on Wednesday, July 30, 2014.

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Residential School Survivors Reporting Hearing Loss, Broken Bones, Respiratory Illnesses

By Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press The vast majority of claims filed by Indian residential school survivors seeking extra compensation for medical injuries are for hearing loss, respiratory illnesses and broken bones. The Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat — an independent body which helps resolve long-standing claims that address specific abuse of survivors — says just over 1,000 medical assessments completed so far focus primarily on ear, nose and throat ailments, as well as broken bones. A request for proposals put out by the secretariat says 60 per cent of the assessments involve the ears, nose and throat, while 21 per cent involve orthopedics.

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Over Two Dozen Civil Rights and Legal Groups Demand Florida Counties Halt Enforcement of Unconstitutional Immigration Detainers

“ICE detainers” have illegally imprisoned countless individuals, opening enforcing agencies to liability; Letters sent to 62 sheriffs urge Florida counties to join the hundreds of places – including Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties – that have stopped enforcing the unconstitutional holds. July 28, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: 212-549-2666, media@aclu.org MIAMI, FL –  A coalition of civil rights, immigrants’ rights, religious and legal groups has sent letters to officials in 62 Florida counties calling for an end to local law enforcement agencies detaining people for alleged civil immigration violations at the request of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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One Simple Solution To Make Sure Colleges Start Taking Rape Seriously

Brown University students line up for graduation with red tape on their caps to symbolize Title IX CREDIT: Storify via Daphne Xu Colleges across the country continue to come under fire for mishandling cases of sexual violence on campus. Practically every week, new information comes to light about yet another school that failed to adequately protect its students. Despite the increased national attention to the issue, universities continue to avoid punishing rapists and pursue campus reforms that seem like little more than PR spin

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People Living In The South Have Shorter, Sicker Life Expectancies Than Other Americans

A student receives treatment in the mobile dental group Help A Child Smile at Peek’s Chapel Elementary School in Conyers, Ga. CREDIT: AP Photo/Gene Blythe Americans living in parts of the southern United States — areas often burdened with disproportionate crime, poverty, limited health care, and poor schools — will likely live fewer healthy years post-retirement compared to their counterparts in other regions, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released last week. CDC researchers analyzed census data between 2007 and 2009, collected death certificates, and conducted telephone surveys during which respondents described their health.

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Instead of asking, “Did she say no?”, we should start asking, “Did she want to have sex?”

This item is a little old , but I wanted to flag it because it really gets to the heart of the debate about what sexual consent is. Feminists are increasingly clamoring for an affirmative consent standard, where someone has to indicate, through language or body language, an actual desire to have sex. I call it the “only kiss people who are kissing you back” standard

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How do you feel about Jewish mobs in #Israel hunting down Palestinians? Israe…

How do you feel about Jewish mobs in #Israel hunting down Palestinians? Israel has become a fascist country …

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Israel confirms mortar strike on UN school in Gaza, denies casualties

A Palestinian mother comforts her child in a hospital a few hundred meters from where medics said Israeli shelling hit a U.N-run school sheltering Palestinian refugees, in Beit Hanoun the northern Gaza Strip July 24, 2014.(Reuters / Finbarr O’Reilly) Israel has confirmed that it unintentionally hit a UN school in Gaza last week, but denies reports that anyone was killed in the incident, claiming the courtyard area was empty when the strike took place. Palestinian officials say 16 people were killed.

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List of Palestinians Killed Between 7/8 and 7/27 #GazaUnderAttack #IStandForGaza…

List of Palestinians Killed Between 7/8 and 7/27 #GazaUnderAttack #IStandForGaza #ICC4Israel Timeline Photos List of Palestinians Killed Between 7/8 and 7/27 This list is constantly updated due to the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza since July 8th. The following 860 names have been confirmed. We realize the number of slain Palestinians is higher than this

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Israel’s Control of Palestinian Lives Must Be Exposed in Current Grossly Unequal Conflict

My pet cat here in Gaza has more freedom than the Palestinians, such is the subhuman treatment meted out to them. As Israeli air force  bombs  fell over  Gaza  City one recent evening, Snowy, the white cat that has charmed me into hosting him in my garden, ducked down in shock, as I did.

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